A friend of mine sent me a link to God.TV’s Facebook page and I was shocked (or maybe not so shocked?) to find out that God.TV has once again pulled out all the stops to promote the latest Todd Bentley revival. A notice on their homepage says that they have canceled their weekend schedule so that they can televise this revival.
Why Todd Bentley?
God moving among His people is a beautiful thing . . . and I’m all for forgiving ANYbody of ANY sin. But have you asked yourself why, all of a sudden, there’s this HUGE fanfare over a Todd Bentley event? Other ministers have had “revivals” . . . God.TV never “gate crashed” their schedule for them. What gives?
I’ll tell you what it is. It’s 2 things . . .
- Todd Bentley makes money, and he’s “different” in His appearance and (for lack of a better term) “technique”. This isn’t anything against Todd personally . . . he is what he is, although I have to tell you . . . the tattoos were added on as window dressing AFTER he started preaching revivals. The tattoos and piercings help promote an “image” – they were not a result of his “hard life”. I saw him around 2001 and went with him to Uganda soon after, there were no tattoos.
- God.TV is trying to “save face” because of the Lakeland fiasco. When the controversial Lakeland Revival came crashing down, God.TV’s credibility took a hit and they’ve been on “damage control” ever since. Now, they’ve “gate-crashed” their schedule in hopes that the greatest revival in history will take place and they will be there to televise it.
Nobody likes to be disappointed when they believe in something or someone. Nobody likes it when their idols fall. I’ve experienced both. But to put that idol back on its pedestal is foolishness, at best.
To place a troubled young man back in the limelight just because he can work a crowd and that signs and wonders may (or may not) show up is equally foolish and shows lack of judgment and discernment.
Fool me once, shame on you . . . Fool me twice, shame on me . . .
We need to understand that True Revival doesn’t come with healing, signs and wonders . . . in fact, they are a tell-tale sign of deception in the Last Days. True Revival doesn’t come because of a perceived supernatural bliss that may (or may not) be God.
True Revival comes only when a people, or a nation, Truly Repent . . . and, as long as the people can be entertained by “prophetic celebrity” and controversial healings, signs and wonders . . . they will not confront their own sins.
May we all seek Truth in these Last Days.Kevin Kleint
Originally written May 23, 2013